2011 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 8,000 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Cop show drama in real life

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Photo: Ron Holman/Visalia Times Delta

One of the many interesting aspects about my job is that I get to experience things most people never will.  For instance, my tangential role in yesterday’s kidnapping and police shooting event.  Beginning in Porterville, a male subject kidnapped a woman and drove away with her.  We got a BOL (Be On the Lookout broadcast) from Porterville Police Department not long after the initial kidnapping.  I was working our channel 2, which is the north end of the county.  Since we didn’t know where the suspect might be going, I broadcast the details, which included the vehicle description, it’s license plate, the names of the suspect and victim, and that the suspect was armed.   That’s usually the end of it, as it’s rare for patrol units to simply run across the subject of a BOL (although it DOES happen).

Through technological means, a possible location of the suspect was traced to Tulare.  Tulare PD located the vehicle, and at some point attempted to make contact with the suspect.  In the following moments, Tulare PD officers were forced to open fire, killing the suspect.

Although the initial call of 1199, officer needs help, was dramatic enough in itself, the most amazing moment was later that night, when we got to hear a recording of the “shots fired!” transmissions from the police units.  While they were still firing.


Rebel Jim

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Guess what I did tonight??

Brand new (ish) sidewalk closed because someone can’t walk in heels (it wasn’t me!) without stepping off a perfectly good cement path!

I have no idea what they’re going to do.

It was originally put in so people could walk to the street without getting their shoes wet and slippery from the grass.


Rebel Jim.  I walked on the sidewalk.  Yeah, so arrest me.

It’s always darkest before the dawn… and the coldest just after!

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7am in California

Trying to head home after a 14 hour shift.

I’m ready for summer, please.

God Speaks, JimmieJoe Cracks Up

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Oh, I love a good scientific joke.  This is great!  Thanks, God!


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One end of Fresno Yosemite International Airport (yes, Fresno really has an international airport!) is mere yards from a busy feeder street, Clovis Avenue.  As you sit at the traffic light, planes come floating in for a landing, and it feels like you can reach out and touch them.  Fighter jets from the Fresno Air National Guard post tend to scream, rather than float, as they come in for a landing.

Two things I noticed in this video.  My windshield was really dirty, and the turn signal relay is a noisy contraption!

Squirrel has two meanings here…  like the dog in UP!, it’s easy to get distracted by something suddenly screaming into range, and also an inside joke at a certain computer IT company.

There’s an app for that!

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I’m at work.  But was it last night, or was it a long time ago, and far far away?

There’s an app for that!

Oh, London… you’ve got nothing on Tule fog!


London town, you don’t have anything on good old central valley Tule fog!

This isn’t even all that bad!

3 am, December 16, 2011, Visalia, California

I could believe in Santa again…


He could be my secret Santa any day.  (Just needs to lose the cigar)

Space Cadet Jimmie Joe Sees His First Lunar Eclipse. At 54.

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So I’m standing outside in 28 degree weather, watching the Moon being swallowed by Earth’s shadow.  I’m standing there thinking, “I wish I had a decent camera to capture this with…  the iPhone just doesn’t have the oomph, and my other camera probably wouldn’t either, even if I had fresh batteries for it.”

Then it dawned on me…  “Jim, you’re as dense as neutronium!  YOU’VE GOT A TELESCOPE!”  A quick run into the house to get it, and back out and set up in minutes.  By the time I got it pointed at the Moon, two things conspired to prevent a good shot.  One, the Moon was almost completely in shadow, and the iPhone just isn’t up to that, and two, the next door neighbor’s spotlight on the garage came on!  Still, I managed to get these to shots, by simply holding the iPhone camera over the lens and moving it around until something came into focus.  Better than nothing, and now I know how to make it work, and I will try some other shots some other time.  Look out Jupiter and Saturn…  you’re next!  Space Cadet Jimmie Joe is now itching for some astro-shots!

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